More than 70 area high school students worked alongside N-G Media engineer Ed Bond to produce 10-second promotions for local programming, from “Penny For Your Thoughts” to “ServPro Prep Football Confidential.” They sounded terrific.

Locals familiar with former St. Thomas More and Champaign Central standout DOUG WALLEN had the chance to see him play basketball for Illinois Wesleyan last year at State Farm Center during an exhibition versus Illinois. He checks in on life in Bloomington-Normal:

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Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be a great place to catch boys' basketball this upcoming winter.Spartans athletic director Justin Franzen on Friday announced both matchups for the 2019 Toyota of Danville Classic — formerly the Leader Classic — and the field for the 2020 Christie Clinic SJ-O Shootout.

PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.